A local judge in the United States has sentenced a British citizen to five years in prison for participating in the cybercrime activities of the mass hacking group “The Dark Overlord”, as Nathan White was extradited from the United Kingdom to the United States in December 2019 for targeting computer networks of American companies.
According to the US Engadget website, among the victims are health care providers and accounting firms in the St. Louis, Missouri area where White has faced charges. He pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft and computer fraud, and according to the Department of Justice, he admitted to being a member of The Dark Overlord. Since 2016.
The group is known for remote access to corporate computer networks in the United States to steal sensitive data, such as patients’ medical records and personally identifiable information, and then threaten to release that data unless the victim companies pay a ransom typically ranging between $ 75,000 and $ 350,000 in Bitcoin.
And in 2017, the group badly leaked new Orange Is the New Black episodes even after the post-production company stole the files from a $ 50,000 ransom payment, and last year they also dumped a bunch of documents related to 9/11 online. .
Aside from confirming that he was part of The Dark Overlord, White revealed the specific roles he played within the group, while the Justice Department says he has confessed to participating in a conspiracy “by creating, validating, and maintaining connections, payment and VPN accounts” that it used The group threatens and extorts victims in Missouri.
“The Dark Overlord has infiltrated countless employers in the United States, many of whom are frequent victims,” said US Attorney Jeff Jensen of the Eastern District of Missouri in a statement. Who were the first to capture and punish a member of The Dark Overlord in the United States.